By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه
Like the needle of the compass faces north when at rest, the heart of the Mu’min/believer faces in the direction of Allah’s obedience and pleasure. In the obedience of Allah do we find our peace, contentment and happiness. When a compass is moved or shaken, we observe how the needle is disturbed and begins to move restlessly this way and that way – as if agitated. When it is placed down, it continues to move about until finally, it finds its rest in the direction of North.
SubhanAllah! We should take a lesson from this.
When the heart of a Mu’min is shaken with sins and disobedience to Allah, then the heart’s sukoon is disturbed. The heart is in a state of restlessness and anxiety until the person sincerely repents. On sincere Taubah, the heart settles back in Allah pleasure and once again enjoys its sukoon (tranquility).
Our Shaikh, Hazrat Ml. Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb رحمة الله عليه would say that sukoon is an exclusive bounty and gift for the Muslim. It only descends on the heart of a Believer, with the condition that there is *obedience* to Allah and *abstinence* from sins. Not only do sins disturb and disrupt the tranquility of the heart; it also blemishes the heart with ugly black marks.